Stolen property worth Rs 1.5 crore that was recovered by police following the arrest of notorious gangster Kunigal Giri and his gang members were returned to the victims at a meeting organised at the Bangalore Police Commissioner’s office.
The Giri gang – a band of notorious robbers – carried out a series of muggings and brazen armed robberies in Bangalore for nearly six months before they were netted by police at a hideout in Hindupur in neaighboring Andhra Pradesh a couple of weeks ago.
Following the arrest of Kunigal Giri and 15 of his associates, the city police had recovered 4.5 kgs of gold ornaments, two pistols, cash and vehicles all worth Rs 1.5 crore. The seizures were linked to 57 cases of dacoity and robbery committed by the Giri gang since January this year.
The Giri gang began by carrying out muggings before moving on to looting homes in wealthy localities, as well as recreation clubs, resorts, real estate offices and other places. The gang brandished weapons including pistols in their robberies.
A special police team traced the gang and arrested 12 of Giri’s associates in April this year. Giri and his associates Govinda, Srinivasa and Jagadeesh however continued with their robberies undeterred until they were tracked down to a hideout at Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh.